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relinquish (v.)

mid-15c., relinquishen, "desert, abandon" (someone, a sense now obsolete); late 15c., "give up the pursuit or practice of, desist, cease from;" from Old French relinquiss-, present-participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave" (from PIE *linkw-, nasalized form of root *leikw- "to leave").

From 1550s as "give up the possession or occupancy of." Related: Relinquished; relinquishing; relinquishment.

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Definitions of relinquish from WordNet

relinquish (v.)
part with a possession or right;
I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
Synonyms: release / resign / free / give up
relinquish (v.)
do without or cease to hold or adhere to;
relinquish the old ideas
Synonyms: waive / forgo / forego / foreswear / dispense with
relinquish (v.)
turn away from; give up;
Synonyms: foreswear / renounce / quit
relinquish (v.)
release, as from one's grip;
relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall
Synonyms: let go of / let go / release
From wordnet.princeton.edu